Hey, all you retired youngsters in your 60s, 70s and 80s! Take some advice from a formerly chair-bound fat and lazy, now fit and sprightly, nonagenarian. It’s simple, if you want to add some meaningful years to your dotage.
If your figure in the mirror looks a bit like Disney’s Dumbo, the first task is to get into shape like a Lion King. Eat healthy. I retired at age 65 weighing 190 pounds on my 5’8” blubbery body. After trying several diets, I came up with a plan. From then on, this retiree had to earn my meals by daily exercise.
It required at least a 15-minute flex, hike, bike or swim before breakfast, 30 minutes before lunch, and an hour before dinner. And no snacks nor desserts, except fresh fruit breaks. Sometimes another 15-minute exercise before beddy-bye. By the end of a couple of post-retirement years, I was down to 150 pounds. For the past three decades, I’ve held it to between 140 and 150 pounds.
In addition to the weight, diet and exercise routines during retirement years, there’s another very important factor to staying healthy. That’s daily exercise of the brain. The internet created the best way to do it. I write three or more daily website postings, one for this old guy musings, two on senior travel and occasionally on other websites.
It not only involves several daily hours of writing and research. Because each posting contains at least one photo, I’m out twice a day with my trusty 33mm Canon, shooting candid, never posed scenes of life on busy nearby streets. Mental and physical daily exercise has been a key to attaining age 94.
Old age is inevitable, except of course, for those who eat, drive, smoke, drink or drug themselves to an early death. Before dying of alcoholism at age 38, Dylan Thomas wrote these inspiring words for we seniors: Do not go gentle into that good night. Old age should rage, rage against the dying of the light.